Lady Chatterly's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence's seminal banned-in-the-United-States book "Lady Chatterly's Lover" read by Jan McLaughlin.
November 17, 2013
The Reading in One mp3 File
Thanks for your kind reviews. You're correct about the chapter order and since I couldn't seem to fix it here, stitched it together and uploaded the whole thing here: https://archive.org/details/LadyChatterleysLoverByD.h.LawrenceAudioBookZippedArchive
Donald R Miller
November 17, 2013
The Entire Book is Here:
The chapters are out of order, but they are all here. Don't let that deter you from listening to this outstanding reading.
I thought Jan McLaughlin's reading was stilted and uncertain, as if she wasn't familiar with the book and was awkwardly trying to figure out the sentences as she went along. That was the first impression--but it didn't last long, only about five moments, just enough time for someone to decide they might not want to listen--so if it's yours also, you'd be making a huge mistake by not continuing to listen, for after a few moments I was spellbound by the reading. McLaughlin's phrasing is masterly and superb. She's quite familiar with the book and understands the inner-workings of the characters. The is an outstanding reading in every way.
October 13, 2013
This is such an important text (Lady Chatterly was a pivot text in ending literary censorship on both sides of the Atlantic) that every serious reader should have read or listened to it at least once.
It isn't one of Lawrence' great novels: DHL was always better writing about the working people he knew than the midland capitalists he admired. But Jan McLaughlin reads clearly and confidently through the sometimes stilted dialogue of several of the middle chapters.
The story isn't the one you get in TV or Film adaptations. Constance Chatterly is less attractive, and much less naive, than Joely Richardson; Sir Clifford is less affable - but far more interesting - than any of his screen incarnations.
This is a good realisation of an important novel.
Downloading it requires a little tinkering:- the files don't seem to be in order, or named consistently.
I'm so glad I took the trouble.